I’ve been playing in two leagues for a decade now. One is a 12 manager redraft and the other is a 10 manager keeper. I am Commish of the keeper league. I bring this situation to the forum because I need advice. Last year was the first time in 10 years our league vetoed a trade. It was one of mine. As commissioner I encourage trading whenever possible yet each year we seem to only have 1-3 trades per season. Not only did this irritate me as a manager trying to build the best roster but it disappointed me as commish considering this was only the second trade offer of the year. There are a couple reasons the trade was vetoed in my opinion. First of all my team at the time of the trade was tied for first at 6-1. Secondly the person on the receiving end was my brother who was 2-5. So my league mates armed with no rationale other than we are brothers decided to claim collusion. Mind you we all know each other and more than half the league has lived with one another at some point in time. Very tight group and for the record my brother and I don’t hang out nearly as much as I do with other league mates.
All in all I think what started as an election night ( yea to make it even more ridiculous this all took place between Nov 8th and 9th ) knee jerk reaction by the league to claim collusion ended with them actually following through with the veto despite losing votes after I made my case. As it turns out the original trade wouldn’t have helped either team in the end but the point is this sets a stupid precedent. Without a shred of proof or even hearsay the league not only abused their power of the veto but in my opinion turned on the commish. It’s already a big enough pain in the ass to get these 9 other people in the same room at the same time and make sure there is a draft board with plenty of food and beer. Add in past years of tracking down payments and now a group of managers who feel they can veto a trade they deem unfair…I’m considering retaliation. Does anyone have any ideas on how to prevent this from happening in the future? I’ve considered buying the name domains of each veto vote and making ridiculous websites under their names. If they veto again without proof of collusion the sites go public. Is this going too far?
Here are the last five years of trades in my keeper league. Each year ends with trade totals. For example in 2016 I was involved in all 3 of the trades offered in the league. 2015 I was involved in 1 of 2 trades make that year. On average how many trades happen in your leagues? Has anyone else suffered a veto? What was the reasoning? As always thank you for your time.
2016: Cole Beasley and Tevin Coleman for Amari Cooper 10/02
Devontae Booker and J.J. Nelson for Matt Forte and Jordan Reed 11/9 (VETOED)
Gio Bernard and J.J. Nelson for Jordan Reed 11/15 3 of 3
2015: Mariota and Kansas D for Jonathan Stewart, Devante Parker, Eric Ebron on 09/26 1 of 2
2014: Lamar Miller for Kelvin Benjamin on 10/18 1 of 2
2013: Fred Jackson for Torrey Smith 11/9 1 of 1
2012: Jason Witten for PAyton Manning 10/25 1 of 2